Employee Benefits

DOL Issues Guidance on COVID-19 and FMLA

2020-03-12T13:18:55-04:00March 12th, 2020|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Wellness|

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued Q&As on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act in the context of COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Under the FMLA, covered employers must provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks [...]

Important Information about How to Report 2019 Massachusetts PFML Wages

2020-01-23T08:54:04-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue recently released important information on how to report PFML Wages for the 4th Quarter 2019 Paid Family and Medical Leave Return. The Department of Family and Medical Leave is providing this update for all employers participating in [...]

Legislative Update: Spending Bill Would Repeal Up To Three Obamacare Taxes

2020-01-02T07:51:09-05:00January 2nd, 2020|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Small Business Health Insurance|

Negotiations are ongoing, but it looks like the fiscal year 2020 spending bill will include permanent repeal of up to three Obamacare taxes: the so-called “Cadillac” tax on health insurance benefits, an excise tax on medical devices, and the [...]

FSA Contribution and Other Benefits Limits Rise for 2020

2019-12-02T11:13:50-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

The IRS announced an increase to flexible spending account (FSA) contribution limits for the 2020 plan year. Individuals can contribute $2,750 in 2020, up $50 from the previous year. Since this announcement came so late in the year, some [...]

4 Mistakes to Avoid During Open Enrollment

2019-10-28T21:26:52-04:00October 28th, 2019|Employee Benefits, Small Business Health Insurance|

It is the season for open enrollment, and we thought we'd share some common mistakes people make that can end up hurting you financially. And, we strongly believe in educating employees about their benefits. Not fully understanding the value [...]

Advocacy Update: Bill Ending Surprise Medical Billing Could Save $7.6B by 2029

2019-07-30T16:00:02-04:00July 30th, 2019|Employee Benefits, Legislative News|

Legislation that would end surprise medical billing would save nearly $7.6 billion over the next decade primarily by reducing federal subsidies for healthcare and insurance, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the [...]

Employers Trying to Find Better Strategies To Address Workers’ Mental Health

2019-07-22T21:17:05-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits|

In the middle of a work project at a global corporate consulting firm, Katherine Switz was gripped with a debilitating bout of anxiety. Her body froze, her heart raced, her chest tightened, and her mind went blank, which made [...]

IRS Expands Preventive Care Benefits That Are Not Subject to HDHP Deductibles

2019-07-22T12:15:24-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Savings Accounts, Legislative News|

A new IRS notice expands the list of preventive care benefits that may be covered by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) without a deductible, or with a deductible below the minimum deductible for an HDHP. Except for preventive care benefits, [...]

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